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Friday, March 31, 2017

A Tale as Old as Time Gets the Toby’s Treatment

Written by  Frankie Kujawa
Jane C. Boyle Jane C. Boyle

Toby’s Dinner Theatre breathes new life into the tale as old as time this month as Beauty and the Beast waltzes its way into the hearts of audiences. Running from March 23rd to June 11th, the Disney classic blossoms under the helm of choreographer and director Mark Minnick.

“Mark was a one-man band this time,” explains Jane C. Boyle, who plays Madame de la Grande Bouche in the production. “A lot of his stuff is fresh – and very clever, as well.”

Along with her appreciation of Minnick’s direction, Boyle also praised musical director Ross Scott Rawlings for his work. “He is just top-notch. He has done tours and is brilliant. He’s done wonderful work with the ensemble and our six-piece band.”

Boyle, who has been performing at Toby’s on and off since the 90s, most recently played the role of Parthy in Toby’s Showboat. “I always feel like I’m home at Toby’s. I’ve been there for so many years, and you develop relationships over time,” she said, adding that even though Disney’s film version of Beauty and the Beast is currently in theaters, it hasn’t stopped the fans from coming out in droves to see the Toby’s musical. “When I heard months ago that I was cast, and the movie was coming out at the same time ,I was a little concerned. But we are currently at 97% sold out.”

“Audiences are very excited,” Boyle continued. “They are going to be transported into another world. To us, it’s about the characters and their journey and the way they go about their lives and transformation. Everyone transforms in this performance.”

For more info, tickets, and show dates, it’s Tobysdinnertheatre.com.

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